It is parents’ responsibility to ensure their children arrive at school and return home from school in a safe and responsible manner.  In order to assist parents in getting their children to school safely and on time, the Education Authority has a policy of providing free transport to all primary pupils who live more than one mile from their local Primary School by the recognised shortest walking route.  This policy is more generous than the law requires.  This means that the provision of transport could be reviewed at any time.


Transport is usually provided for children from Westerton, Mosshead and Kessington areas.


Parents who consider they are eligible should obtain an application form from the school, Education Offices or  These forms should be completed and returned before the end of February for those pupils beginning school in August to enable the appropriate arrangements to be made.  Applications may be submitted at any time throughout the school year but may be subject to delay whilst arrangements are made.


The Head of Integrated Support, Planning Improvement for Children has discretion in special circumstances to grant permission for children to travel in transport provided by the Authority where spare places are available and no additional costs are incurred.  This is known as concessionary travel and parents are required to submit concessionary travel applications each year in the period June-July to ensure that consideration can be given to their request for concessionary transport in August.  Parents should obtain an Application Form from the Eduation Office or


Please note that no transport provision is made for Primary 1 children who dismiss at lunchtime until September Weekend Holiday.  Parents are required to make their own arrangements.

Pick-up Points

Where free transport is provided it may be necessary for children to walk a certain distance to the vehicle pick-up points.  Walking distance in total, including the distance from home to the pick-up point and from the drop-off point to the school in any one direction, will not exceed the Authority’s limits (see above paragraph).  It is parents’ responsibility to ensure that children arrive at the pick-up point on time.



It is also parents’ responsibility to ensure that children behave in a safe and acceptable manner while boarding, travelling and alighting the vehicle.  Misbehaviour could result in a child losing the right to free transport.


Placing Requests

The Education Authority does not provide transport for those pupils in receipt of a

Placing Request other than in exceptional circumstances.

In the case of Early Entry Requests, if the child is offered a place in his/her catchment area school, transport will be provided in accordance with the Council Policy stated above.